MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Another large tract of private timberland within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon has been transferred to public ownership.
The Mail Tribune reports the Land and Water Conservation Fund has turned over 900 acres to the federal government as part of a continuing effort to buy parcels within the monument held by the Hancock Timber Resource Group.
The fund makes purchases with money from the development of federal offshore oil and gas leases.
The timber group still owns another 2,900 acres within the monument.
The parcel includes a stretch of the popular Pacific Crest Trail. The monument was created by President Bill Clinton in 2000 to protect the rare ecosystems found at the intersection of the Cascade Range and Siskiyou Mountains.